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DUI suspect hit, killed by another
By MIKE MATHIS
Burlington County Times
BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP - A Mercer County man undergoing a sobriety test along Route 130 was killed early yesterday when his vehicle and a police car were struck by a tractor-trailer whose operator was allegedly drunk, authorities said.
William F. Grieb, 34, of Aspen Court in Hamilton Township was killed instantly in the accident, which occurred in the northbound lanes of Route 130 at Farnsworth Avenue, said Jack Smith, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
The truck driver, Shane Gildersleeve, 40, of Valatie, N.Y., was arrested a short time later on Route 130 in Bordentown City, Smith said.
Gildersleeve was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, failure to report an accident and other motor vehicle offenses, Smith said.
He was being held in Burlington County Jail in Mount Holly on $10,000 bail, officials said.
Smith said prosecutors would decide whether to file additional charges against Gildersleeve after laboratory tests are concluded.
Bordentown Township police Officer Anthony Biddle stopped Grieb's 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier at 2:09 a.m. because he suspected Grieb was driving while intoxicated, Smith said.
Grieb was on the side of the road undergoing a sobriety test when Gildersleeve's truck plowed into the rear of the police car, a 2003 Dodge Intrepid, pushing the police car into Grieb's vehicle, Smith said.
Grieb and Biddle were standing between the police car and Grieb's vehicle when the accident occurred, the spokesman said.
Biddle moved out of the way and avoided being hit, but Grieb was killed instantly, Smith said.
Biddle, 27, who has been with the Bordentown Township Police Department for three years, was not injured.
Smith said investigators have not determined how fast Gildersleeve was driving.
Gildersleeve drove away and was stopped about a half mile away by Bordentown City Officer Shawn Lafferty, Smith said.
Police recovered containers of open alcoholic beverages inside the cab of the tractor trailer, but Smith said he did not know what they were.
The crash is the second fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer driver in less than two months.
Paul D. Corke, 49, of the Bronx, N.Y., has been charged with reckless driving and two motor vehicle violations in connection with a five-vehicle crash on Route 130 in Burlington Township on Oct. 20 in which a 2-year-old Trenton girl was killed and four others were injured.
Investigators are awaiting the results of lab tests before deciding whether additional charges will be filed against Corke, Smith said.
Yesterday's accident is being investigated by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the Bordentown Township police.